BlogCOVID Resources
November 11, 2020

Time for NHS Staff to focus on self-compassion

Allocate spoke to Dr Marti Balaam, Senior Teaching Fellow in Nursing Studies and Lead for Professionalism and Wellbeing at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and Director/Founder of The Compassion…
BlogCOVID Resources
November 4, 2020

Letterkenny University Hospitals: Implementing eRostering in Ireland and the Covid-19 Impact

On Tuesday 8th September, Joe Conway – Ireland Account Manager from Allocate Software hosted a webinar – ‘Improving staff management and work-life balance’ with Letterkenny University Hospital. Throughout the webinar,…
BlogNews
October 23, 2020

Supporting organisations to achieve medical workforce efficiencies

Following the launch of the new Medics Accelerator Programme, which aims to support an organisation’s e-Rostering and medical workforce teams in improving the daily use of eRota, eJobPlan, MedicOnDuty and…
Blog
October 16, 2020

Temporary staffing and BankStaff+

We know agency use is unavoidable, but by optimising your bank solution to cover the management of your all temporary staff groups you can build resilience by growing your internal…
BlogNewsNews UK
October 5, 2020

Allocate launches 4-month Here to Help Medics Accelerator Programme for customers

Customers of Allocate Software are invited to take part in a new 4-month Here to Help Medics Accelerator Programme, designed specifically for the e-Rostering workforce. The programme, which is launching…
Blog
September 29, 2020

Pathways to Agency Success

On Wednesday 2 September 2020, Allocate hosted a webinar with speakers John Webster, 247Time Product Manager, and Katie Milligan, Customer Success Analyst. The aim of the webinar was to share…
BlogNews
September 22, 2020

Allocate’s complimentary agency assessments – helping trusts to save £122 million in agency staffing costs

Following the recent release of our agency insights and our early September webinar, where we explored agency behaviours and how to deliver better outcomes, we decided to talk to Hannah…
BlogLearning & Development
July 29, 2020

How technology is driving an evolution in healthcare learning and development

Covid-19 caused wide-scale disruption within health and care, revealing the skills of its workforce to be more vital than ever. This disruption has seen positive changes in the way trusts…
Blog
March 10, 2020

Engaging and digitally enabling your people to solve the workforce crisis

People are the most valuable asset in healthcare. Anyone that works in healthcare shows dedication and commitment day in day out to provide excellent care for patients. But we know…
Blog
February 28, 2020

The role of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare Learning Technologies

Over the past 20 years, significant progress has been made in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. They are increasingly being used in real-world applications as their versatility…
Blog
February 28, 2020

Time is Tik-Toking on learning and training technology

Learning is rapidly changing with digital natives informally innovating the workforce as they enter it. As such, virtual, social and e-learning are all staking a claim on the market, as…
Blog
February 25, 2020

The future of digital healthcare and its impact on learning and development

Shona Blackhall, Product Manager, Allocate Learning & Development, writes: Last year, the TOPOL Review highlighted the need to prepare the healthcare workforce for a digital future. It identified a need…
BlogNews
February 19, 2020

Read now: Allocate Software reports on first year under joint Vista/Hg ownership

Today TechMarketView has published an article looking at Allocate Software's first year under joint Vista/Hg ownership following the publication of its FY19 results. Click here to read the full article.…
BloghealthRoster
October 30, 2019

Flexibility: the key to a sustainable workforce

In this month's Hospital Times, Lyn McIntyre MBE, UK Director of Healthcare, writes about flexibility in the workforce. We have reproduced the article below, and you can download a PDF…
Blog
April 1, 2019

Find out how Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust now has greater control and visibility over its agency workforce

We are delighted to be hosting our next Study Day at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in April and I’m personally looking forward to hearing from the Flexible Workforce…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
December 13, 2018

The importance of culture and behaviours – The dynamics behind effective assurance

This is the fourth in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 22, 2018

Assurance in the NHS: box ticking or quality improvement?

This is the third in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 7, 2018

Where does assurance fit in?

This is the second in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Customer SuccessFeaturedhealthRosterNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
November 2, 2018

The NHS can only meet is cost savings and improvement targets if it gets to grips with the professionalisation of roster administrators

It is widely acknowledged that effective workforce optimisation is a critical success factor in the direction of travel set out by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the implementation…
Medic & Science Workforce
September 28, 2018

Exception reporting, what can we learn from the data?

The system of exception reporting outlined in the 2016 junior doctor contract ensures that departures from planned working hours, working pattern or access to planned training opportunities are recorded. The BMA, Royal…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
September 3, 2018

Governance: what is it all about?

This is the first in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
May 24, 2018

The surprising benefits to performance that mechanising assurance can bring

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) has been working in collaboration with Allocate Software to explore how mechanised assurance can help to improve the performance of NHS organisations, considering both the…
Compliance & Assurance
February 27, 2018

Assurance in Health and Care matters more today than it has at any other point

In a previous role I spent my days understanding, and talking, about governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in healthcare. It was like an unofficial apprenticeship and I was fortunate enough…
supporting customers
February 20, 2018

5 Characteristics of Effective eRostering

Over the past few months I have been reflecting on the characteristics of effective eRostering. Below are five characteristics I most commonly see in organisations that are realising the benefits…
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January 4, 2018

Winter Pressure | Here to help with current demand and workforce challenge

Many NHS organisations are facing significant demand pressure since the New Year bank holiday, as outlined in our email sent on the 20th December we are committed to supporting our customers through…
DoctorsFeaturedguest blogHealthMedicsMedic & Science Workforce
December 21, 2017

When the going gets tough, the app gets going: operational realities in doctors workforce deployment

Making better use of our time is, we are told, the answer to most if not all of life’s daily challenges. There is hardly a problem to be faced that…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2017

Improving hospital performance through up-to-date assurance systems

Allocate Software and the Good Governance Institute (GGI) are currently working together to produce a collaborative white paper exploring how mechanised assurance can have a positive impact on the performance…
Doctors Appleave managementMedic & Science Workforce
October 30, 2017

Medic leave management: the critical link for improved service delivery

There is a long running argument that any leave management system is better than not having one at all.  This is perhaps true but other arguments suggest that it is even more critical to…
Allocate AwardsHealthMedicshealthRostersafecareworkforce 2.0
October 22, 2017

There is more to the Allocate Awards than celebrating the individual Trust’s achievement of Workforce 2.0 Principles

Celebrating success is always important. Too often good work goes unnoticed. However equally important is the process of reflection, learning and sharing. This year's Allocate Awards saw sixty-six organisations take…
Customer Success
September 22, 2017

Tackling The Nurse Staffing Levels Act in Wales with inspiration from the UK’s biggest rostering conference

Efficient rostering has been at the forefront of operational discussions during recent years. The Lord Carter investigation highlighted that the variations in costs and practices, if addressed, could save the…
Case StudyCustomer Success
September 21, 2017

Why attend UG17? “It’s customer led, customer focused and all about sharing knowledge & experience”

As a new customer back in 2014, I didn’t know what to expect from the National User Group Conference. Dorset HealthCare had only had HealthRoster for about 6 months so this was completely…
Allocate Company NewsFeatured
August 15, 2017

New look Allocate Brand: Focusing on Allocate’s ‘Human Touch’

On the 16th August Allocate will launch its new look brand identity, we thought it would be great to speak with Dr Sati Sian, Allocate’s CEO about the new look and…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

Locum pay caps: it’s all about transparency in consultant staffing

There is a great deal of discussion and debate about staff shortages and this is not just about nurses, it is also particularly relevant at junior doctor and consultant level.…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

A Rota or Roster……What’s the difference anyway

“I have a roster so why do I need a rota?” says Jack the roster manager to medical staff manager Joan who in turn replies “I am not too bothered…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…
Nurse & Care Workforce
February 20, 2017

Changing staff perceptions of monthly expenses

The last couple of years has heralded the rise of mobile Apps that are revolutionising healthcare. Many of these apps are driving transformation in the delivery of healthcare and making…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

How do you start to solve a problem like doctor burnout?

Doctors are universally recognised as healers. They reduce our pain, show empathy towards our worries and ‘fix’ us so that we can live our lives happily and healthily…but in the…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

Effective and efficient consultant job planning…is it really important to the NHS?

The NHS faces a particularly challenging period as it seeks to do more with the same or even less resources. In large part one of the key resources around which…
Nurse & Care Workforce
January 13, 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for NHS Workforce Management?

In many ways 2016 was another incredible year for policy around NHS staffing and it may provide all the clues we need about what to expect this year. You might…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
January 12, 2017

The proposed CQC changes to Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) and how Allocate is keeping in touch with developments

As the CQC responds to the consultation on its strategy and looks to update their Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs), we closely monitor developments to ensure that they are adopted quickly.…
Medic & Science Workforce
January 12, 2017

MedicOnDuty’s almost hidden gem – iCal integration

One of the challenges when working shifts is planning your life around a variable work pattern. It can be a time consuming process copying your rota down into your personal…
Flow
January 5, 2017

RealTime Combined Referrals

RealTime's Combined Referral module has been updated and improved in version 6 to address the needs of today's integrated health and social care referral process.   The module design is based…
Medic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
December 14, 2016

Thinking the unthinkable – the seismic shifts underway to fix the agency crisis in the NHS

If you thought the agency cap was radical - think again, NHS leaders are cutting through years of received wisdom to tackle the agency spend problem in some surprising ways…
Case StudyCompliance & Assurance
December 8, 2016

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust: using HealthAssure for one consistent source of data for the whole organisation, enabling improvement over compliance and releasing time to care.

The reporting and resulting administration pressure on healthcare is higher than ever; yet  how is  great governance, assurance and compliance expected to come out of multiple reports, systems, paper forms,…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2016

Guest blog: Lessons on how you self-regulate across a health economy vs a large trust

Allocate are proud to introduce guest blogger Andrew Corbett-Nolan, Chief Executive of Good Governance Institute. GGI support better governance practice to ensure organisations develop a focus on leadership and strategy.…
Flow
December 5, 2016

Patient flow principles new cure for NHS capacity issues?

The NHS continues doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. A new approach and radically different way of thinking is needed. This was the conclusion of…
FeaturedNurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

90 day Rapid Improvement programme

From the days of implementing e-rostering in a large acute hospital 10 years ago, I have been interested in using systems to support clinical quality, efficiency and staff experience -…
Nurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

Approving rosters really matters…

I have never met a person who didn’t agree that approving rosters early is a good idea.  It is one of those things that when you discuss its importance everyone…
Blog
October 12, 2016

Nuffield Trust Report Calls for Better Use of Real Time Data

Real time data rather than a “midnight census” of empty beds could help trusts tackle flow problems and reduce delays for patients, a report from the Nuffield Trust has said. Counting beds at midnight…
Blog
October 5, 2016

The Future of Discharge Planning

Allocate have taken discharge planning and capacity management to a new level with the latest release of their proven patient flow product RealTime.  Putting the power into the hands of Trusts,…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

Spot light on: Rostering Complex Areas training course

Sometimes we come across an area that is a little different, a little more complex, and that might like to view and manage their rosters in a different way.  They…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

What is the Allocate Academy?

It is our experience that having well trained expert administrators, and highly trained users of our software with a good understanding or related processes, is essential for ensuring ongoing benefits…
Customer Success
August 10, 2016

HealthRoster time saving practical hints & tips for users

Practical hints and tips from the Allocate Customer Success team From Dean Vincent, Customer Success Analyst Create ward/unit skills and assign to shifts within the demand template, and to appropriate bank…
Customer SuccessFeatured
August 10, 2016

Trainer blog: tips for a successful HealthRoster ACP Assessment

The HealthRoster ACP Assessment is not as hard as some may make out. Like all test environments it’s all in the preparation.  It’s no good simply knowing what certain functionalities…
Customer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

Allocate Certified Specialist (ACS) certification

The Allocate Certified Specialist (ACS)  certification is the next step in terms of progression from Allocate Certified Professional (ACP). It is suitable for administrators with an advanced level of knowledge,…
Case StudyCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
August 10, 2016

6 HealthRoster users describe their accreditation journey to become Allocate Certified Professional’s (ACP)

The exam, the benefits, and some advice from our recently accredited ACP customers: “I like having an official certificate proving my expertise in HealthRoster to display on my wall and…
Case StudyCompliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
August 3, 2016

Allocate Awards – a look back at 2015

With the 2016 Awards now open for nominations we take a look back at 2015's ceremony and the winners - it could be you this year but you have to be in it to…
Compliance & Assurance
July 22, 2016

Regulation news and updates

Highlights from CQC, NICE, Department of Health, NHS England, HSJ, Monitor/NHS Improvement CQC general update CQC have started to use a prototype report looking at how it will assess the…
Compliance & Assurance
July 21, 2016

CQC Inspections – tips from recent conferences

Outstanding CQC Inspections Conference – London, June 2016 Allocate Software sponsored the recent event Outstanding CQC Inspections in Hospitals. There were many speakers including the CEO of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation…
Case StudyCompliance & Assurance
July 20, 2016

Managing CAS alerts at Kettering

Chris Sawyer, Health and Safety Manager at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, tells us about managing CAS alerts at Kettering; why they partnered with Allocate to develop the CASAssure system; some of the functionality and benefits. "Kettering…
Case StudyCompliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
July 20, 2016

Using HealthAssure as a project & assurance tool at a CCG

By Sarah, Programme Support Officer NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.  North Derbyshire CCG provides medical services for 36 practices with a registered population of 290,198. "The Project Management Office (PMO) was established…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer Success
July 20, 2016

More than Software – Customer Success

Many of us will have had that sinking feeling when we buy or are asked to use a new piece of software: the features sound great, it looks good and…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Customer SuccessFeaturedhealthRosterNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
November 2, 2018

The NHS can only meet is cost savings and improvement targets if it gets to grips with the professionalisation of roster administrators

It is widely acknowledged that effective workforce optimisation is a critical success factor in the direction of travel set out by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the implementation…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…
Nurse & Care Workforce
February 20, 2017

Changing staff perceptions of monthly expenses

The last couple of years has heralded the rise of mobile Apps that are revolutionising healthcare. Many of these apps are driving transformation in the delivery of healthcare and making…
Nurse & Care Workforce
January 13, 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for NHS Workforce Management?

In many ways 2016 was another incredible year for policy around NHS staffing and it may provide all the clues we need about what to expect this year. You might…
Medic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforce
December 14, 2016

Thinking the unthinkable – the seismic shifts underway to fix the agency crisis in the NHS

If you thought the agency cap was radical - think again, NHS leaders are cutting through years of received wisdom to tackle the agency spend problem in some surprising ways…
FeaturedNurse & Care Workforce
November 1, 2016

90 day Rapid Improvement programme

From the days of implementing e-rostering in a large acute hospital 10 years ago, I have been interested in using systems to support clinical quality, efficiency and staff experience -…
guest blogMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
March 26, 2019

Why we must change traditional work patterns and increase flexibility to help overcome the workforce challenge

Michael Brown, Area Wide Staff Bank Manager for NHS Forth Valley shares his thoughts on tackling workforce challenges ahead of the Global Healthcare Workforce Crisis panel session at the BMJ…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Medic & Science Workforce
September 28, 2018

Exception reporting, what can we learn from the data?

The system of exception reporting outlined in the 2016 junior doctor contract ensures that departures from planned working hours, working pattern or access to planned training opportunities are recorded. The BMA, Royal…
healthRosterMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesafecaretimeclocks
June 7, 2018

Total Workforce Visibility has huge advantages to care and is within easy reach for most organisations

I wish I’d had a pound for every time someone told me they would like to see exactly which staff are onsite at a given precise moment. Operations directors, senior…
DoctorsFeaturedguest blogHealthMedicsMedic & Science Workforce
December 21, 2017

When the going gets tough, the app gets going: operational realities in doctors workforce deployment

Making better use of our time is, we are told, the answer to most if not all of life’s daily challenges. There is hardly a problem to be faced that…
Doctors Appleave managementMedic & Science Workforce
October 30, 2017

Medic leave management: the critical link for improved service delivery

There is a long running argument that any leave management system is better than not having one at all.  This is perhaps true but other arguments suggest that it is even more critical to…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

Locum pay caps: it’s all about transparency in consultant staffing

There is a great deal of discussion and debate about staff shortages and this is not just about nurses, it is also particularly relevant at junior doctor and consultant level.…
Medic & Science Workforce
April 6, 2017

A Rota or Roster……What’s the difference anyway

“I have a roster so why do I need a rota?” says Jack the roster manager to medical staff manager Joan who in turn replies “I am not too bothered…
Medic & Science Workforce
February 16, 2017

How do you start to solve a problem like doctor burnout?

Doctors are universally recognised as healers. They reduce our pain, show empathy towards our worries and ‘fix’ us so that we can live our lives happily and healthily…but in the…
Compliance & Assuranceguest bloghelpMedic & Science WorkforceNurse & Care Workforcesupporting customers
January 9, 2019

NHS workforce: respect and challenge

Two-thirds of trust chairs and chief executives believe the workforce is the most pressing challenge to delivering high-quality healthcare at their trust (NHS providers 2018). Industry agrees with many commentators…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
December 13, 2018

The importance of culture and behaviours – The dynamics behind effective assurance

This is the fourth in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Case StudyCompliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 22, 2018

Assurance in the NHS: box ticking or quality improvement?

This is the third in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
November 7, 2018

Where does assurance fit in?

This is the second in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
September 3, 2018

Governance: what is it all about?

This is the first in a series of blogs on governance and the benefits of mechanised assurance. The content is taken from a Good Governance Institute whitepaper, developed with Allocate with…
Compliance & Assuranceguest blog
May 24, 2018

The surprising benefits to performance that mechanising assurance can bring

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) has been working in collaboration with Allocate Software to explore how mechanised assurance can help to improve the performance of NHS organisations, considering both the…
Compliance & Assurance
February 27, 2018

Assurance in Health and Care matters more today than it has at any other point

In a previous role I spent my days understanding, and talking, about governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in healthcare. It was like an unofficial apprenticeship and I was fortunate enough…
Compliance & Assurance
December 8, 2017

Improving hospital performance through up-to-date assurance systems

Allocate Software and the Good Governance Institute (GGI) are currently working together to produce a collaborative white paper exploring how mechanised assurance can have a positive impact on the performance…
Compliance & AssuranceCustomer SuccessNurse & Care Workforce
March 22, 2017

A raw feel: What happens when CQC Inspection preparation uncovers a surprise?

Having worked with a variety of healthcare organisations and their Senior Management Teams (SMT) it is very clear to me that whatever the healthcare setting there is common ground underpinning the fabric…